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Line of duty Commemoration event to be held to mark first anniversary of Detective Garda Colm Horkan's death

Detective Garda Horkan became the 89th member of the Garda Siochana to be killed

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Det Horkan was shot dead in Castlerea

Det Horkan was shot dead in Castlerea

Det Horkan was shot dead in Castlerea

A commemoration event to mark the first anniversary of the death of Detective Garda Colm Horkan will be held in Castlerea this weekend. 

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris is expected to attend ceremonies to remember the 50-year-old officer who was shot dead near the garda station in the town shortly before midnight on the June 17 last year.

An anniversary mass is being held in Charlestown this Thursday and it will be streamed live as numbers will be restricted due to Covid.

Detective Garda Horkan became the 89th member of An Garda Siochana to be killed in the line of duty.

Last month, the 89 gardai who gave their lives in the line of duty were honoured at a ceremony at Dublin Castle.

Justice Minister Heather Humphreys and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris were the principal speakers at the annual Garda Memorial Day event.

Minister Humphries referred to a number of gardai killed in recent years, including Detective Garda Horkan.

"Colm lost his life doing the job that he loved. He represented the very best of An Garda Siochana and of Ireland.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris also paid tribute to Detective Garda Horkan.

He said the detective went to work on that evening in June last year "to perform his duties impeccably as he had for the previous 24 years.

"And the events of that night demonstrate his determination and courage in the exercise of his duty to protect this society."

He said all 89 gardai killed in the line of duty in the 99 year history of the force had epitomised the distinct values of the force: "Fairness, integrity, empathy, and professionalism."

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Garda chaplains Fr Joe Kennedy and Archdeacon David Pierpoint conducted a prayer service at the event.

Fr Kennedy said: "We pray for all our gardai and the members of the PSNI as they carry out their duties with diligence, honesty and good humour especially in this critical phase of our nation's history. May they and their families be kept safe in their daily duties."

There was a wreath laying ceremony in the memorial garden, a minute's silence, and the garda band played the Last Post.

A 44-year-old man accused of murdering Detective Horkan will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in June next year.

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